Dean Peter MacKeith of Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design on the passing of C. Murray Smart Jr. (TSA '56)

David Armentor

Aug 15, 2016

I write today with the sad news of the passing of one of the school’s great educators and academic leaders, University Professor Emeritus C. Murray Smart Jr.

Murray passed away last night here in Fayetteville in the company of his wife, Carolyn, and his family, following a long period of illness.

As many will know, Murray served as dean of the Fay Jones School for 15 years, the longest tenure held by a dean of the school. This year marked the 50th year of his association with the school and the University of Arkansas.

He was beloved and respected by his students, by his faculty colleagues and by so many across the university campus, Fayetteville, the state and the country.

A more detailed announcement will be forthcoming.

We extend our sympathies and condolences to the Smart family, and we trust that those of you who knew Murray well will be moved to do the same.

With gratitude to you all for the sense of community from which the school benefits, and with the deepest respect to Murray Smart. 

For your reference now, we featured Murray in the 2013 issue of ReView magazine, when the lobby of our renovated Vol Walker Hall was named in his honor. You can read that story here on our website.


Peter MacKeith
Dean and Professor of Architecture
Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design
University of Arkansas
120 Vol Walker Hall
Fayetteville, AR 72701


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